Average rating is 4.9
By: Bryan GallagherTampa,FL
This is an OUTSTANDING combo set. I have all three stones and think this is perhaps the best combo I have seen. The Beston is course enough to re-bevel and fix damage ... the Bester will get it sharp ... and the Rika will be more than refined enough for any gyuto use home or pro kitchen. They all have very nice feedback which is extremely important in learning how to sharpen. Great Job Mark! I wish this set was available when I started sharpening. The only thing to make it better would be to include a drop down option for a flattening stone!0.3
By: craigwashington state
I am a working chef and these stones work great for me and I am able to train my team the right way to sharpen there knives.0.3
This is a great set at a very fair price. I already owned an extensive set of stones,however,I wanted a dedicated set for my Japanese knives at home. Thus far I am very happy with the set of stones. As Bryan from Tampa mentioned,the feedback is pretty good. The transitions seem appropriate as evidenced by the final product which is very good. FWIW,I finish with the Kitayama 8K stone,also purchased here. 0.3
By: Zach LenzLos Angeles,CA0.3
Excellent Value. I will prob order one more stone that is finer and that can be quickly watered (vs. the 30 minute soak for all these stones) for the required regular maintenance of my German blades.0.3
$ for $,this is finest water stone set at this price range and 90% of the cases this is all you need. If you’re like me,who tends to overbuy a lot of water stone based on grit type and eventually uses only 20 percent of them for 80 percent of the time,then save your money and just buy this set.0.3
By: Tim M.Western WA
Iím no expert in sharpening; rather Iím just starting to learn,and for that purpose I think this set is excellent. I am very happy with the products. Iíve read some reviews of the Beston 500 and I agree with those who feel that it is a "thirsty" stone. However,to me it seems fast and Iíve successfully used it to remove some nasty chips in the edge of one of my motherís kitchen knives. I love the Suehiro stone. It is an absolute joy to use. For sharpening tools,my next planned purchases are a stone flattener and the Kitayama 8000 grit stone. Canít wait.0.3
Terrific deal for a Japanese water stone sharpening kit,Mark. Excellent packaging and promptly received the order. 0.3
By: Stefanos MinitsiosMontreal,Quebec
I used to use a combination stone that would create more microchips than you can imagine. This start up kit brought my nakiri to a razor sharp edge. thinned the secondary edge on the 500 finished it on the 1200 and polished it on the 5000,what a shine. The primary edge took no time at all to establish and even less time to make razor sharp. Great set,great price and great service.0.3
By: Jesse NelsonRockford,IL
I think this is a great starter set for someone looking to maintain their kitchen knives. It provides everything you need except a stone fixer to flatten the stones.0.3
After seeing my reflection in a coworker’s knife I decided that my sharpening rods were not getting my knives as sharp as they could be. This set had everything I needed to get a mirror edge and to thin knives that I have used for years. These old knives now take a much steeper edge.0.3
By: EvanNew York,NY
By: Kevin MBrooklyn,NY
As a professional cook the importance and (peer) pressure of a sharp knife is daunting but with this set I can confidently say that my knives are some of the sharpest in the kitchen. Each time I buy something from this company I am reminded of the professionalism and consistency that comes with doing business with Chefknivestogo. This site is the only place to a buy a kitchen knife.0.3
Great set for starting out. Fantastic value. That said,I have heard nothing but great things about the Chosera stones. These stones are soakers and,like the description says,require 15+ minutes of time in water. It isnít a problem,just something to be aware of. 0.3
It shipped quickly,was packaged well,and the communication was great.
By: Brian BellScottsdale,AZ
My favorite stone from the bunch is the Bester 500 grit,which has been te most consistent,and has preformed the most smoothly. 0.3
Both of the Bester stones can be left to soak for a while,and indeed the bester 1000 grit seems to preform a lot better after a long soak.
The Suehiro Rika has been a less well-behaved stone. I first tried soaking this stone for a long time like the bester 1000 grit,but the result was a surface that was too soft,forming a thick sticky mud that makes sharpening difficult. I now treat this stone as essentially a splash and go,letting the surface absorb water as I go,and that seems to work a lot better.
Overall,a good starter set,but with a bit of a learning curve compared to,say,Shapton.